Tighter Security Clamps Down on SAT, ACT Cheating


The College Board has unveiled new security procedures that should make it harder to cheat on SAT or ACT college entrance exams.

Beginning this fall, students will be required to upload a photograph when they register for the exams. If they don't have access to a scanner, they must mail a photo to the testing agency. The photo will then be printed on an admission "ticket" into a testing site. The photo will also accompany the scores when they are reported to high schools and colleges.

College Board officials said that test centers will also check student IDs more frequently - when students first report to the test site, whenever they re-enter the room after breaks, when answer sheets are collected and during random spot checks.

High-profile cheating scandals in Long Island, N.Y., last fall drew attention to the weak security measures around the SATs. In the scandal, 20 students were arrested for either impersonating a student and taking the test for them or paying someone to take it for them. Some of the stand-ins earned as much as $3,500 for their test-taking efforts.